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Chinese Cinema & Filmmakers

My Blueberry Nights (Hong Kong | China | France, 2007)

Directed by Wong Kar Wai. Cast: Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman. Jeremy, a big-hearted owner of a small New York diner, tries to soothe Elizabeth's jilted heart with his blueberry pie. But only after going on a year-long cross-country odyssey does she realize love was right at her doorstep all along. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Myriad of Lights (Wan jia deng huo) (China, 1948)

Directed by Fu Shen. Cast: Lan Ma, Shangguan Yunzhu, Wu Yin. This tale of familial warfare and sacrifice takes place in hard-pressed Shanghai at the end of the 1940's. Hu Zhiqing can barely support his wife and children, and his situation is worsened by the unexpected arrival of his mother, brother and sister-in-law. When he is fired by his unscrupulous boss, the whole family becomes embroiled in one emotional/economic struggle after another. 110 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

North & South Shaolin (1986)

Directed by Wong HIng. Cast: Casanova Wong. Warrior Two is one of the North Shaolin's top monks in the fighting chambers, but all of his training is not enough when he goes against the dreaded Vulture Master who picks him apart, and nearly kills him in their first encounter. Casanova then goes to South Shaolin where he learns the arts of close combat ... his next face off with the Vulture won't be the same. English language version. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Not One Less (Yi ge dou bu neng shao) (China, 1999)

Directed by Zhang Yimou. A young woman is ordered to a remote Chinese village to be a substitute teacher. Barely older than her students, the shy girl is charged with keeping the class intact for one month or she won't be paid. When one of her students disappears into the city to find work, the stubborn teacher is determined to follow the boy and bring him back to school. Once in the city, her simple peasant pleas fall on deaf ears, and only when the local television sympathizes does her search bear fruit. 106 min.

Once Upon a Time in China II: Wong Fei-hung II (Hong Kong, 1993)

Director, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, David Chiang, Rosamond Kwan, Yan Yee Kwan. Huang Fei-hung, the legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero, joins forces with the brave revolutionary Sun Yat Sen when a terrorist group -- The White Lotus Clan -- initiates a campaign of violence against all foreigners in an attempt to preserve Chinese culture. 113 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Once Upon a Time in China III: Wong Fei-hung III (Kong Kong, 1993)

Director, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Max Mok. The Empress has announced a Lion Dance martial arts contest. Wong Fei-Hung and his sidekick Chung arrive just in time. Along with his secret fiancee, Wong has to deal with a Russian diplomat and the brutal Club Foot, who has beaten up Wong's father. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Once Upon a Time in China: Wong Fei-hung (Hong Kong, 1991)

Director/producer, Tsui Hark. Featuring Jet Li, Yuan Biao, Rosamond Kwan, Kent Cheng, Jacky Cheung, Simon Yam. Set in 19th century China this is the story of young Huang Fei-Hung, the legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero, who leading his misfit militia, is determined to stop the immoral slave trade that serves the California gold fields. When his aunt is kidnapped to be sold as a prostitute, Wong must battle his countrymen and the superior firepower of the slave traders, all for the very soul of traditional China. 134 min.

Painted Skin (Hua pi zhi yinyang fawang) (Hong Kong, China, 1992)

Director, King Hu. An evil warlord torments the wandering ghost of a beautiful woman so mercilessly that her only recourse is to disguise herself with the face paint of a concubine. Her plight attracts the attention of an honorable ghost-fighter determined to set her soul free. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Peking Opera Blues (Tao ma tan) (Hong Kong, 1986)

Director, Tsui Hark. Set against the elegant backdrop of Chinese opera in China's warlord period in 1913, the film focuses on three young women who become entangled with revolutionary guerillas. 102 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Platform (Zhantai) (Hong Kong / China / Japan / France, 2000)

Director, Jia Zhangke . Cast: Wang Hongwei, Zhao Tao, Liang Jingdong, Yang Tianyi. Set in China, this drama spans the turbulent 1980s by following four performers in the state-run Peasant Culture Group. Based in Fenyang, these "art workers" praise the late Chairman Mao with approved revolutionary classics. When an "open door" cultural policy is instituted, China begins to move toward Western-influenced consumer capitalism. 148 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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